I’ve arrived at this party a little late! The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch is the 6th book in the “Rivers of London” series and I’d not read anything by this author before. The idea of combining a police story with some fantasy set in current day London appealed to me and I was intrigued as I started reading this book. I did find it took me a little while to get into style of writing and the magical jargon to start with. The story as a whole revolves around Peter Grant, policeman and (magic) practitioner, and crime. Assorted river gods put in appearances as to some “baddies” who have featured in previous stories.
Initially it was not easy to get to grips with the magical aspects of the storyline, either relating to the actual magic or the practitioners. However coming into a series part way through that is not really surprising. Once I had got into it I found it very entertaining. The book is well paced for me. There is a very dry, flippant and frequently dark humour in the writing which suited me well. I’d be happy to recommend this series to anyone who likes the idea of it. However I would suggest starting with the first book maybe. The ongoing nature of the series appeals to me. I certainly aim to get and read the first one when I get the chance.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review